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Male teachers face shocking prejudice

by Karalee Katsambanis - WA Today
Men deserve a break. Normal men.

Not the Mitchell Pearces' of the world, who are a disgrace, but the men who are trying to make a difference in our kids' lives every day. Men like our own husbands, brothers and sons.

Too few men want to teach, United Arab Emirate (UAE) minister says

by Ola Salem - The National
No Emirati men have enrolled for degree courses in teaching at United Arab Emirates University in the past three years, the Education Minister told the FNC yesterday.

"It is a big challenge," said Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qutami. "We have been recently working with helping pupils to go into education. Hopefully in the next phase we will see an increase in male teachers."

Where are the men in Israel’s early childhood education?

by Lidar Grave-Lazi - The Jerusalem Post
Israel is lagging behind other Western countries with regard to gender balance in early childhood education, according to Dr. David Brody, academic dean at Efrata College of Education in Jerusalem.

How to encourage more men to take up teaching as a career

by Vanessa Mills - ABC Kimberly
"It is challenging to be a minority group and it would be great to see more men in a primary setting," says Broome Primary School's Simon Zuvich who teaches physical education and literacy.

Figures from the WA Education Department show that 17.2 per cent of teachers in state primary schools are men, down from 19.9 per cent in 2013.

Scottish Men urged to take up childcare career

by Scott MacNab - The Scotsman
More Scots men will be encouraged to take up a career as nursery teachers and childminders as part of a Scottish Government drive announced today.

Ministers today set out their vision for an overhaul of the country’s early years workforce which will also look at ensuring that the profession is better paid for those involved.

Just 4% of nursery teachers in Scotland are currently male and 0% of childminders. Ministers now want to shift this balance and believe it would have wider benefits for society.

England national men in early years conference launches in 2016

by Rosie Bernard - Nursery World
Held in Southampton next February, the conference will also introduce a charter for early years settings that welcome male practitioners.

Currently less than 2 per cent of the early years workforce is male and the aim is to build up a national resource bank to lobby the Government to encourage men to enter the profession.

Primary school children need male teachers too

by Rosamund Urwin - Evening Standard
My form teacher during my final year of primary school was called Dr Knight. A brilliant man who remained stoic when my friend tried to glue him to a chair, his specialism was maths.

Ex-truckie in New Zealand rewarded for teaching role

By Mikaela Collins - The Northern Advocate
Whangarei's Regan Reti was recently awarded a Ministry of Education Kupe Scholarship as one of the country's top 30 Maori and Pasifika student teachers. He's pictured with 4-year-old Durome Henry and 3-year-old Chloe Valentine.

There are few men in the field of early childhood education and Regan Reti is one of them - yet only four years ago the Whangarei man thought he'd be driving trucks forever.

Wanted: male teachers in the Philippines

By Michael L. Tan - Philippine Daily Inquirer
My daughter was clearly excited when she came home from her first day at school last June. In between giggles, she blurted out, in Filipino, what seemed almost like a secret: “Our teacher is male.”

Estonia has the lowest share of male teachers in European Union

According to Eurostat, in Estonia is just every eighth schoolteacher is male, which is the EU's lowest indicator, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.

Based on the data of 2013, the share of female teachers is high besides Estonia (88.2%) in the other two Baltic States too. In Latvia the proportion of female teachers is 83.2% and in Lithuania 81.2%.

What's behind the shortage of male teachers?

by Brett Henebery - The Educator - Australia
New research by the Australian Catholic University (ACU) of ABS Labour Force data has revealed that for the last 20 years as few as one in five Australian primary school teachers have been male.

The ACU reviewed the country's most populous states and found that in 2014:
 
16 per cent of NSW primary school teachers were men
18 per cent of Victorian primary school teachers were men

Sport brings male teachers together in New Zealand

by Nigel Moffiet - Papakura Courier
Blokes are strapping on their boots and going from the classroom to the rugby field for friendship and support.

Counties Manukau Men in Education is helping form networks of male teachers for sporting events and professional development.

The group formed in May and is one of three such support networks around the country.

2015 Conference in Norway: Boys and Girls in No Man's Land

Many children will never encounter a male employee in their early years of care and education. Does it matter? Asker municipality in Norway has labored for many years to increase the number of men in childcare. It is our belief that children should be entitled to meet both men and women as teachers and caregivers.

To this end, we will be hosting an international conference in Asker 21-22 october.

Objectives:

Male teacher drought may hurt boys in Australia

by Rita Panahi - Herald Sun - Australia
There's plenty to be said for life as a primary school teacher: a decent starting salary, quick career progression, enviable working conditions and more leave than you can shake the proverbial stick at.

Males in childcare in Australia

My names Jeremy and I'm a 25 year old male working in a long day care centre. I have been doing so for about 6 years and have 2 modules left in my diploma and I'm smashing through it. I have had it for about 3 months and I'm nearly done. I'm just wondering if there are any other males on this website or males who work in your centers.

Men in Childcare in the United Kingdom

The Childcare Strategy team are hosting the next Men in Childcare course at North Inch Community Campus, Perth on Monday 24 August 2015 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm

Perth & Kinross Council would like to encourage more men to work in childcare so the Childcare Strategy Team is offering a number of standalone units that make up the National Progression Award in Playwork which is accredited by SQA.

First jobs hard to find for primary teachers in New Zealand

by Libby Wilson - Waikato Times - New Zealand
New Waikato primary teaching graduates are struggling to find work, with some schools seeing 100 applicants applying for the one job.

While Waikato high schools have the opposite problem - with trouble filling certain positions.

Teachers are being told they may need to be more flexible in where they live to secure a job, and many are having to start off in a fixed-term job to get to permanent one.

Male Teacher in India Makes a Difference to Young Children

Sabu Thomas has a way with the tiny ones, they take to him like flies to a sugar pie. It has been so for the past 15 years, ever since he chose to tread a path that few men opt for. Sabu is one of the two male pre-primary teachers in the state and the only one in the city.

Why aren't we doing more to encourage men to be primary school teachers?

By Neil Lyndon - The Telegraph
Mothers outnumbered fathers at our primary school sports day last week in the normal ratio for a day in the working week – maybe 10/1.

Among the staff and volunteers organising the event, however, women outnumbered men by more like 20/1.

Meet the Mannies in the United Kingdom

By Grant Woodward - The Yorkshire Post
Why don't more men consider a career in childcare? And why should we now, for the sake of our children, be trying to close the gender gap?

Germany Attempts to Recruit Men into Child Care

by Lisa Wade, PhD - The Society Pages
Generally speaking, gender equality in the U.S. and other Western countries has involved women moving into men’s spheres.  We have not seen an equivalent migration of men into women’s spheres.  Accordingly, while women have integrated many male occupations (they are now, for example, 50% or more of law and medical students), many female-dominated ones remain heavily female.

China to Offer Free Teacher Training to Men

By Yu Dan - Women of China
As the millions of students are busy choosing their future universities after the National College Entrance Examination, the news of free teacher's training places for male students in southeast China's Fujian Province has attracted much attention.

Men in early childhood education in New Zealand

by Cyrus
A brief personal perspective

A number of years ago when I was teaching English to students of other languages in Hong Kong, I did some work for an internation kindergarten. My job was to create a programme to promote language for children who were about to leave for primary school. Having taught children of all ages at primary and secondary levels, I particularly enjoyed my time with the kindergarten group and decided to pursue a career as an early childhood teacher.

Male Teachers in Estonian Schools - Who are They?

Around 15 per cent of teachers in Estonian schools are men. This means that out of ~15,000 teachers working in Estonia, there are ~2000 men. “But why do we even need male teachers in schools?” asks a doctorate student at Tallinn University and the head of studies at Keila school, Ahti Noor.

New scheme launched to get more men into childcare jobs in United Kingdom

by Jon Robinson - The Citizen
A new scheme has been set up to help encourage more men to enter the childcare profession in Lancashire.

The Lancashire Men in Childcare Network has been established by Andrew Clifford, managing director of the First Class Childcare Group, which has bases in Barrow, Whalley, Accrington and Clayton-le-Moors.

Male teachers in Quebec schools

by Tina Tenneriello
Statistics from Quebec's education ministry show there are fewer male teachers than ever in our schools.

The numbers obtained by the Journal de Montreal show close to 2000 men have left teaching over the past five years.

Overall males represent 21.6 per cent of teachers in schools, five years ago it was 23.3 per cent.

I'm so glad we hired a male au pair

by Lydia Gard - The Telegraph
My husband recently moved abroad with work, returning on average for a week every month. We joke that he’s a tourist in the family, but it’s not always funny.

Social Justice and Equity Conference for Male Educators in Canada

Interested in learning more about the diversity of ETFO programs, partnerships and supports as a male educator? The Social Justice and Equity Conference for Male Educators will explore the diversity of ETFO programs and outreach while also addressing challenges faced by males in a rapidly changing school system and teacher union.

Solution needed for male teacher shortage

Nelson Mail - New Zealand
The Ministry of Education appears at a loss as to how to resolve the chronic shortage of male teachers, a challenge hampered by both red flags and red tape.

Despite a public relations offensive from the ministry, the number of male teachers in both primary and secondary schools has continued to drop during the past 10 years.

More men would be attracted to teaching for better wages

by Afshan Ahmed - The National UAE
When Saeed Al Ameri was asked three years ago to pick a career, he did not hesitate. He wanted to be a teacher.

His Emirati classmates teased him. Long hours, they said, and terrible money.

But Mr Ameri's response was simple: "I want to be a role model for young Emiratis."
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